Cross City Residents Rally To Save Ten Commandments Monument

By: Greg Gullberg Email
By: Greg Gullberg Email

A monument of the Ten Commandments sitting outside a court house sparks a fiery controversy in Cross City, Florida.
The American Civil Liberties Union is suing Dixie County, Florida to take it down.
But local citizens hold a protest Sunday where they tell Eyewitness News reporter Greg Gullberg that they are fighting to save their religious freedoms and first amendment rights.

The rally rifts with religious and patriotic tones.
Teachers, lawyers, and private citizens of Cross City cry out to keep the monument in place.
Joe Anderson is a former soldier - he put up the monument.

"And I put it here, and I didn't intend to move it. And I ain't intending to move it now, and if it has to go to the Supreme Court, we're going to take it right on," Anderson said before the congregation of hundreds.

The ACLU is demanding it taken down.
Their primary complaint - the words "Love God and keep his commandments."
The ACLU won its first court battle in July, but the ruling is currently under appeal.

Harry Mihet is the lead attorney fighting to save the monument.
"But we all know this is not just about saving a beautiful monument. It's way bigger than that. This is about the very heart and soul of our nation," Mihet said from the podium.

The rally was also a fundraiser.
Donation buckets were passed around collecting funds to support the county in court.
The county is being represented by a Christian-based non-profit public interest law firm called "Liberty Counsel".

The original court order to remove the monument is suspended until the appeals process is closed.

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  • by delilah on Dec 29, 2011 at 07:20 PM
    Does anybody have pics from the rally??
  • by Disciple on Dec 29, 2011 at 07:19 PM
    this is the 3rd verse to "THE BATTLE HYMN OF THE REPUBLIC"I have read a fiery gospel writ in burnished rows of steel: "As ye deal with my contemners, so with you my grace shall deal; Let the Hero, born of woman, crush the serpent with his heel, Since God is marching on." (Chorus) Glory, glory, hallelujah! Glory, glory, hallelujah! Glory, glory, hallelujah! Since God is marching on.(Julia Howe 1861)
  • by sammy on Dec 27, 2011 at 02:52 PM
    Psalm 2...Why do the heathen rage,and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves,and the rulers take counsel together against The Lord and against His anointed,saying,Let us break their bands asunder,and cast away their cords from us
  • by delilah on Dec 27, 2011 at 02:28 PM
    i just would like to see any pics of the rally. I saw the pics from the rally in Athens,TX. But none from Fla
  • by soldier on Dec 27, 2011 at 02:26 PM
    You are wrong Tamerlane. It has never been illegal. And, I have been here a long time. The ACLU has brainwashed that into people. Having much of the younger population believing it. Evertime a community is forced to take something like that down, their rights have been violated.
  • by Tamerlane Location: Tallahassee on Dec 1, 2011 at 09:30 AM
    Legally, this is a no-brainer. The monument is located on public property outside a courthouse - that's a violation of the Establishment clause. This has nothing to do with Free Exercise ( you all do know the difference, don't you?) This has nothing to do with evolution. This has nothing to do with atheism. This really has nothing even to do with Christianity per se. It's the law. Sorry, even Dixie County has to obey the law. Get used to it.
  • by Kfowler Location: Mayo on Nov 29, 2011 at 06:15 PM
    I think that this is crazy! I'm a Christian I believe in God the CREATOR! Where do you suppose we came from???? A organism? The wher did the organism come from And why are ther SO MANY different species why aren't we all still monkeys or what ever you think we adapted to? A lot if non believers say I can't see "God" and if no ones ever seen him how do you know he exists well you breathe dont you! You cant see air but you believe it exists!! Ill tell you one thing I'd much rather die believing in God then to die and never know!! Christians have lost so many rights already due to mon believers if you don't believe in Fod then why do you waste you time bring offended by his name or the actions of us Christians it shouldnt bother you! Prayers in school or anywhere else for that matter shouldn't bother you no one makes you partake in any of it so why are there people MAKING Christians limit what can be accepted and where there are other things in your lives that" offend" you but I bet you grumble about it and move on as you should with Christians IF it offends you again I'd rather die with a vision of heaven and God and nothing be there then to wake up in hell wishing I had one mor day to accept God in my life!!! One last note the bad things that happen in the world HUMANS cause NOT God!!!! God Bless!!
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      by mc on Nov 30, 2011 at 03:21 AM in reply to Kfowler
      Whole heartily agree
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      by Believer on Nov 30, 2011 at 06:29 AM in reply to Kfowler
      Amen and God bless you Kfowler!
  • by Gerry Location: Tallahassee on Nov 29, 2011 at 09:25 AM
    The Ten Commandments are a scam. They weren't written by God. The Bible wasn't written by God. How gullible can you be? Judgment day? Heaven? Hell? Crazy talk. Especially that resurrection from the dead nonsense. The assumption of Mary into heaven like a dang helicopter? I don't believe so. Too bad there were no cellphones to take pictures. What are Catholics doing for miracles now that there ARE cellphones taking pictures? Well, you can always find the image of Christ in a piece of cheese or a stained, dirty towel. If you're predisposed to hallucinations, that is.
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      by mc on Nov 29, 2011 at 10:16 AM in reply to Gerry
      Thank you for proving Jesus soon return. Jesus said that in the last days scoffers would come scoffing , mocking following their own lusts, Gerry you are proving the return of Christ. Everyone hears somethings we don't like ,but to have such hatered toward someone whom you don't believe in is very irrational. We are praying for you. I used to be full of bitterness and hate until I met Jesus and he came into my heart. You are most miserable and probably don't sleep at night with worry and fears when no one else is around.
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        by Cults on Nov 29, 2011 at 11:05 AM in reply to mc
        MC - you don't see the hypocrisy of it all? You make fun of the likes of Koresh, but you are no different. Religion is a scam made by man who was in a hopeless situation. I'm not hopeless, I don't need the mythical story to help me through dark days. I enjoy my days!
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          by mc on Nov 29, 2011 at 11:36 AM in reply to Cults
          Praying for you in Jesus name
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        by Gerry on Nov 29, 2011 at 06:54 PM in reply to mc
        When have there not been scoffers? When interviewed on CNBC, Jesus said he had been misquoted and that some of his supporters had allowed themselves to be carried away. He went on to say that reports of his activities contain many partial truths and exaggerations.
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          by mc on Nov 30, 2011 at 03:19 AM in reply to Gerry
          Proving my point, No comment on the being miserable and bitter, the sleepless nights filled with worry. You don't have to be honest with me but you yourself know the condition of your soul and how empty you feel . Nothing in this world will fill that void except Jesus.
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      by Culters on Nov 29, 2011 at 11:07 AM in reply to Gerry
      Did you met Jesus at Home Depot? He 'came into your heart?' Your heart is a large muscle used for blood pumping.
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        by mc on Nov 29, 2011 at 11:38 AM in reply to Culters
        Praying for you as well that God's conviction fall on you.
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          by Believer on Nov 29, 2011 at 12:17 PM in reply to mc
          Amen, in Jesus name! When He returns to get Him children, EVERY knew shall bow and EVERY tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord!
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        by Anonymous on Nov 29, 2011 at 03:56 PM in reply to Culters
        Believers - do you ever step back and realize how silly you sound?
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      by The Breeze on Nov 29, 2011 at 04:48 PM in reply to Gerry
      Nice try SLH (Satan's little Helper). The New Testament was written in the first century A.D. There are about 20,000 manuscripts in existence, the earliest of which was copied 70 - 100 years after the original. In contrast: Aristotle’s Poetics was written in the fourth century B.C. There are only 5 manuscripts in existence. The earliest was copied 1,400 years after the original. The earliest existing documents concerning Roman history were found 900 years after the events happened, and that only 20 original copies exist. Yet, how is it that we all believe without question that Roman historical literature IS the factual truth, yet have no problem denying the truth contained in the biblical manuscripts? Because we know that if the Bible is true then many of us are in deep, deep trouble. Humans can be so irrational can't they?
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        by Gerry on Nov 30, 2011 at 03:45 AM in reply to The Breeze
        Christians want their squirrelly beliefs endorsed by, and adopted by, government. Christians want the apparatus of government and tax money used to further and legitimize Christian superstition and mythology.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 29, 2011 at 08:27 AM
    Perhaps the ACLU supporters will be happy if we rename Cross City to Circle City, San Francisco to Senor Francisco, Los Angeles to Los Amigos, etc. Or, you can accept the fact that people are made up of all different colors and beliefs and to learn to live with everyone.
  • by mc on Nov 29, 2011 at 08:14 AM
    It has been said that America should have no holidays that have any religious ties whatsoever. There are countries that do just that. China,N. Korea . the Old USSR. ,Vietnam. All of which have national holidays celebrating spring time ,labour, founding days and birthdays and anniverseries of past leaders.What do they all have in common hmmm? For one thing they are not us!
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